Weekend Wanderlust: No. 25 – Birthday Edition

Yesterday I officially turned the big 3-0. (If you follow my social media channels you probably already know this, and I apologize for all of the pictures.) While entering this new decade hasn’t been a particularly easy transition for me, I’m so thankful for my wonderful friends and family members. They really made this past weekend extra special and completely unforgettable.

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Fly – My friends were the absolute best this weekend and treated me like a king! On Friday we had lunch at the local airport. There is something about dining al fresco that makes any meal more enjoyable!

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Watch – My mom, Krista, and I went to see The Heat. It’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time. The entire theater was cracking up throughout the movie. If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend it. Though, I will warn you, if you are easily offended by profanity, it may not be the movie for you.

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Adventure – On Saturday, my friends and I headed up north to Salamanca, New York for a day of fun and adventure. Our first stop was at a little roadside restaurant where we had Hershey’s ice cream (my absolute favorite). I had Mint Moose Tracks which was insanely delicious. They also had a cowstatue which was begging for a little silliness. This is what 30-year-olds do, right?

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Antique – We stopped at one of my favorite antique shops, Salamanca Mall Antiques. I found this amazing metal drawer unit. I’m super excited to figure out exactly how I’ll be using it. I picked up a few other treasures which I’ll share later this week.

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Luck – After a little antiquing, we headed to a nearby casino. I’m really not a huge gambler, but the experience was a blast. For a few hours of fun, I walked away losing only $20. I don’t think that’s too bad.

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Brew – Our next stop was Ellicotville, NY. It’s an adorable little town that exists thanks to a nearby ski resort. I actually drive through this town every time I head to the airport. It was nice to actually stop for a visit. We grabbed a quick beer at the recently renovated Ellicottville Brewing Company. They reopened with a marvelous outdoor space and a gorgeous new interior. I was especially impressed with their new lighting fixtures, which I later discovered were from Restoration Hardware. They are a craft brewery and are known for their Blueberry Beer.

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Enjoy – I thought it was slightly important to have a picture of me jumping in front of a cornfield, so we made a quick stop to do that.

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Cheers – We finished off the night with a round of birthday cake shots made by our favorite bartender at one of our favorite bars. I’m not exactly sure what was in the shot, but I pretty much wanted to lick out the inside of the glass.

Roast – On Sunday we had dinner by the fire. Hot dogs, s’mores, and mountain pies! I was actually surprised by how many people on Instagram didn’t know what mountain pies are. You are missing out, folks. For those of you who are familiar with mountain pies, what’s your favorite filling?

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Celebrate – To finish off this spectacular weekend, my mom cooked a delicious dinner on Monday evening to celebrate my actual birthday. Plus, she made the most divine coconut cake. It was pure heaven.

Remember – Overall, turning 30 has not been one of the easiest things for me mentally. I wish I could explain why, but I really can’t. There is a certain sadness or desperation inside me that I just can’t seem to shake. I’m sure over time this will subside. So many people have said that their 30s have been some of the best years of their life, so that will certainly be my mission. Either way, I am so thankful for my MANY blessings – my family, friends, job, and each of you (Seriously, you are the best. Your unwavering support and encouragement is mind blowing.) I couldn’t be more grateful for all of these amazing things. Here’s to another 30 (and hopefully more) years!

I hope you had a fun-filled weekend! What interesting things did you do or find? Did anyone else ride a fake cow or hang out near a cornfield?

  1. So glad you had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! love all the places you went and the pictures you shared! i could drool for days over your coconut cake!

    • Thank you so much Carrie. I noticed your comments popping up over the weekend. It’s comforting to know I’m no the only one that wanted to stay in bed all day! Haha.

      xo Michael

  2. Well, happy birthday! Looks like a fabulous weekend. I love the corn jumping picture. Did you find any baseball players in there? The birthday shots look quite delicious too!

  3. Happy Birthday Michael!! It looks like you had a wonderful time, and I’m so glad to see you rode a cow!
    Thirty was the hardest birthday for me too, and I’m not sure why either. That was many years ago, and I can tell you now, there are birthdays far more depressing than turning 30! ha ha

    • Oh great – something to look forward too! Haha. Regardless, thanks for the Birthday wishes!

      xo Michael

  4. A few days late, but from my heart HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Michael. It looks like you really had a family fun week-end. Do not let the 30 bother or worry you – take each day at its best, dont think of getting older; as long as you stay young in your heart and mind – nothing should ever interfere with getting (older) I mean ‘wiser’. 3

    • Great advice Carina! I’m actually feeling a little better about the whole thing now that the day has actually pasted. It’s just a number anyway.

      xo Michael

    • Thanks so much Will! Totally wish you could have been here. We would have had a blast!

      xo Michael

  5. Congratulations & HAPPY Birthday, Michael! I love your “skinny boy sandwich” photo (the birthday cake shots sound YUM – hoping for a recipe from you soon, I have faith that you can figure it out) and your jumping in front of the cornfield photo (though you needed a corncob prop of some kind). Your Mom is a girl after my own heart — your coconut cake looks so DIVINE that I can almost taste it!!!

    • Thanks for all the love Mimi! Maybe I can get my Mom to do a guest post to show how to make the cake! Haha.

      xo Michael

  6. Happy birthday! What a fun weekend! I also agree that my 30s have been much better than my 20s (wiser, more settled, know what I want/ don’t want…) and having passed that milestone 6 years ago, I can say RELAX! 30 is still young :)

    • Thanks so much Sue! I appreciate the encouragement. I’m finding ways to embrace and look forward to my 30s!

      xo Michael

  7. Happy Belated Birthday Michael! Looks like you had a blast :) Don’t you just love Ellictville! Hope you get a chance to come a little further North in the future….to Niagara On The Lake Canada! Wonderful wineries, microbreweries and lots of cornfields!! By the way….at 47, I can say that age is a state of mind! I loved my 30’s, but 40’s have been pretty darn good too!

    • Yes, I’m hoping to make it up to Niagara and Canada one of these days. It’s on my to do list. I’m so happy to hear that you loved your 30s! I’m hoping to be able to say the same.

      xo Michael

  8. Was the cornfield pic because you were being totally “corney”? BWWAAHHAAA cracking myself up ;o) And yes, pics on cows is TOTALLY what 30 year old’s do. And so do 50 year olds, just sayin. LOVED the heat. Funny thing my girlfriend went and saw it after work and there were only 3 other couples in the entire theater and they ALL appeared to be over 70. It was almost as fun watching their expressions. LOL HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!!

  9. Happy 30th! Looks like you did lots of fantistic activities to celebrate! Wishing you many more! ps-Mint ice cream, posing with cows and corn are among my favourite things!!!

  10. Glad you enjoyed all of your birthday celebrations! My son turns 30 this Friday, Aug. 9th and it is a milestone that makes me realize how quickly the years go by. It seems like it was just a few years ago that he was in elementary school, playing Super Mario Brothers on the Nintendo with his friends and telling his younger sister to quit bugging him! My 30s were wonderful – I think it was that feeling of being at an age where I finally felt like a grown up. But let me tell you, having sons who turn 30 is an emotional time for us moms too, so give your mom an extra big hug next time you see her! Cheers to your 30s!

    • Christine – that’s a very good point and I can certainly do that. I guess you age is all in what you make it!

      xo Michael

  11. Cheers to a great birthday weekend! Many, many more!! As a PA girl myself, I enjoy mountain pies. I like one that is not a dessert pie but more like a pizza pie…pepperoni, capicolla, mozzarella, mushrooms and a little bit of sauce to dip in. YUM!

  12. Happy Birthday! What a great weekend. As a 45 year old, I have to say the only birthday that has bothered me was my 25th. There was something about being a quarter of a century old that really made me feel my years. It made me feel like an adult, that the kid excuse wouldn’t fly anymore! Glad to hear you had a great time.

    • Thanks so much Christopher. I guess everyone has that one tough birthday. Clearly, mine was 30. Thankfully though I’m finding ways to embrace it.

      xo Michael

  13. I had a horrible time turning 30. Same basic feelings you are having. But it hit me like a ton of bricks. I got over it in short order and yes, they were very good years, but I loved the 40’s as much and the 50’s got even better. The more you are in your own skin, the better life becomes. I think I am fully in mine now, so am very peaceful. And there are so many adventures. People constantly complain around me about how hard it is to get “old” but they mostly don’t take care of themselves or have a lust for life. You do, and will most likely continue to enjoy it exponentially as time travels with you. Love happens when you are happy. Most of us fear age because of the fear of that loss. I don’t believe that attitude. It can happen at the drop of a hat.

    • That is some powerful advice! Thank you so much for sharing! :) I couldn’t agree more!

      xo Michael

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